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The DotAsia Organisation

Asia has developed into a global force in the international commercial, political and cultural network. DotAsia Organisation is dedicated to the needs of the community with a vision of leveraging the successful, collaborative atmosphere and network among the Asia Internet community to create a globally visible Internet domain as a cyberspace that belongs to Asia, and a platform that would contribute in accelerating the overall growth of the region. The “.Asia” domain aspires to embrace this dynamism in the Asia Century to become a nucleus, intersection and breeding ground for Internet activity and development in the region.

DotAsia Organisation is a not-for-profit, membership-based organization incorporated in Hong Kong as a “limited by guarantee and not having a share capital” corporation. DotAsia is the Sponsoring Organisation and Registry Operator for the .Asia Sponsored Generic Top Level Domain (TLD). DotAsia oversees the policies and governance of the “.Asia” TLD Registry. To register a “.Asia” domain name, please visit one of our Accredited Registrars.

The mission of the DotAsia Organisation is:

  • To sponsor, establish and operate a regional Internet namespace with global recognition and regional significance, dedicated to the needs of the Pan-Asia and Asia Pacific Internet community;
  • To contribute proceeds in socio-technological advancement initiatives relevant to the Pan-Asia and Asia Pacific Internet community and;
  • and To operate a viable not-for-profit initiative that is a technically advanced, world-class TLD registry for the Pan-Asia and Asia Pacific community.

Organisational Structure and Governance
The membership of DotAsia is open for 2 categories of members: (1) Sponsor Members are organizations that operate ccTLD registries in Asia; and (2) Co-Sponsor Members are Internet, Information Technology, Telecommunications, non-profit, NGO or other relevant community organisations in Asia.

DotAsia Oranisational Structure

The involvement of ccTLD members (Sponsor Members) in its governance is a synergy between the organisation and respective local Internet communities; while regional groups (Co-Sponsor Members) provides knowledge and expertise for the regional scope and community. The involvement of the Members in the governance of the DotAsia Organisation ensures a wealth of relevant experience for its operations, community relationship, as well as policy development and management.

An 11-person Board is elected by the Members: 8 seats returned from Sponsor Members, 2 seats returned from Co-Sponsor Members, and 1 seat for the CEO appointed by the Board. The CEO and the Board of Directors are advised on policy matters by an Advisory Council populated by one representative from each Co-Sponsor Member with additional experts nominated by the Board. In addition, a Proceeds Steering Committee (PROSCOM) appointed by the Board oversees the allocation of surplus proceeds into community projects.

DotAsia invites all interested and relevant organisations to join as a member of the organisation to contribute to its governance and the policy development for the .Asia Registry. For more information on membership and to join the organisation please review the DotAsia Membership Briefing and Application form.

Community Contributions
The DotAsia Organisation is established with a mandate to contribute its proceeds into socio-technological advancement initiatives for the Internet community in Asia. Leveraging the network and expertise at DotAsia, community contributions will be directed towards the following 3 main areas:

  • Digital inclusion related projects, especially in the bridging the digital divide and helping the digital “have-nots” gain better access to information technology
  • Initiatives advancing education in Asia as well as scholarships and other open knowledge contributions (such as open license educational materials), especially leveraging the Internet
  • Research and development efforts that are charitable nature and beneficial to the community, including projects such as socio-technical research, open source development, disaster relief and rebuild efforts especially on information infrastructure support, etc.

Launching the .Asia Domain
DotAsia is a pioneer in designing and implementing a comprehensive Sunrise and Landrush process that resulted in an orderly and stable introduction of the “.Asia” domain into the social and technical fabric of the global Internet. By adopting an innovative auction mechanism to resolve contentions for domains during the Sunrise and Landrush process, along with dedication and hardwork in engaging the community in an extensive and open policy development process, DotAsia accomplished an extraordinarily high 95% success rate for Sunrise Applications and a remarkable record of zero disputes received throughout the entire startup process (including the Pioneer Domains Program, Sunrise and Landrush).

DotAsia’s continued commitment to the balanced protection of rights and the maintaining of the integrity of the .Asia registry won high accolades from the industry and the community around the world. The .Asia Pioneer Domains Program and the .Asia Startup Auctions set new benchmarks in the industry.

The Sunrise phases which commenced in October 2007, and the Landrush which ran between February and March 2008 along with the corresponding auction processes are now complete and the .Asia Registry has now been accepting first-come-first-served domain registrations since March 26, 2008.

For more information about the development of the .Asia registry, please check out our press release archives.

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Contact Us

Please be informed that DotAsia Organisation has relocated to the following new office address with new contact phone numbers:

12/F, Daily House
35-37 Haiphong Road
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: +852 5802 2500
Fax: +852 5802 2502

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For Technical Support, please continue to use the following contact information:

Phone: +1.416.619.3035
Fax: +1.416.646.3305

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